Re: Handicapped Access to Salon?
What Mark described is available as a tub lift, operates off water pressure. Only problem is it would block companionway until parked somewhere.
N.B. weighs a ton in 'up' position because it's full of water, has to drain to drop.
What is the vertical distance to be covered?
Do you use a brace or splint to control foot drop?
Depending on your boom, you *may* want to reinforce it. I've read of booms being used as cranes to hoist dinghies, supplies, people & engines, so it is probably strong enough. My main concern is adding a minimum of extra weight and 'stuff'. Don't want anyone getting conked on the head, right?
An ATV winch sounds like a good idea - should be small & fairly weatherproof.
Right now, I'm tending toward the kind of thing you see on the Sea Angel copters used by Coast Guard & Navy rescue teams. Mount the winch near the base of the mast (should be strongest part of boat), ring on boom to attach block over companionway, whatever seat/sling works best. Hand control on a springy 'phone cord'. You might even use the rig as a boom vang to help shape your sail.
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